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Hi! My name is Cédric Bozzi, I make websites and iOS apps, and this is my blog about technology (mostly a Twitter archive, really).

 

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1 December 2007

Wallpaper Clocks

Somehow I missed that (either the Mac version wasn’t available when I last heard about it, or I just didn’t find it): special wallpapers that are updated every minute to show the current date and time — not as a dumb overlay, but visually integrated into each wallpaper. Check out the gallery, and install it. There’s a 30-day trial for Windows, but the OS X program is completely freeware (and perfectly functional).

4 December

Each icon in my Dock is a slightly different shade of blue. Yeesh.

5 December

Fucking Adium won’t ungroup contacts that I grouped by accident.

6 December

New Twitter Settings

Default: @ replies to the people I’m following

I receive @replies from people I follow under the condition that I also follow the person they are replying to. This setting is ideal for those who seeking the happy medium in Twitter interaction, as @replies are still visible, but restricted to mutual followers.

Excellent. You might be losing 0.1% of the stuff you could have found interesting (and it does reduce the chances of randomly discovering other Twitter users), but mostly this makes it possible to follow the Scobles of this world. If you wanted to. Which I have no idea why you would.

I’m afraid it’s not going to work with Twitterific, though.

7 December

Lifehacker interviews the creator of Quicksilver

I’m inclined to encourage users to move over to the more stable and well supported alternatives like LaunchBar.

Wait, what?

I actually do not understand what this interview really means. Clearly a case of answering too much while wanting to keep something secret.

9 December

I’m always amazed after an apparently successful webserver migration.

11 December

Creative Workplaces

When I grow up I wanna be Google.

12 December

Why the hell is my Mac ignoring the /etc/hosts file?

13 December

Gmail has gotten real sluggish on Safari, hasn’t it?

15 December

Domain names should cost $10,000. It would be easier to find available ones.

17 December

Pensionbook

Faith Ogden wrote on That nice young man from the shop’s wall.

20 December

10.5.2 fixes Stacks

Wow, how humble of Apple.

Contraste

Un blog, c’est comme un très très gros mégaphone, pour dire n’importe quoi, mais à plein de gens d’un coup.
– Pénélope Jolicoeur.

Un blog est un lieu où le personnel va chercher l’universel. Concrètement, on fait semblant de parler de soi pour mieux toucher les autres.
– Maïa Mazaurette.

Voilà voilà voilà.

J’avoue qu’en lisant l’article j’ai regardé les noms avant les citations, mais je crois bien que ça aurait été flagrant quand même.

24 December

AppleVNCserver taking 80% of my iMac’s CPU. I can hear the fans blow from here.

28 December

Optimus Tactus

Looks like Art Lebedev is learning from his mistakes: after going to Hell and back in the process of turning the Optimus Maximus concept into something functional, and remotely reminiscent of the original design (nevermind switching from black to white body, or making an odd keyboard layout to avoid having too many key shapes; the real limitation is that every screen is a tiny square that only occupies a portion of some keys’ surface), he presents the Tactus, which is just one big touch-screen.

Sure, it’s going to be hard finding a screen with this aspect ratio; sure, that means entering a patent minefield; sure, a tactile keyboard is a usability nightmare; sure… uh… yeah, so much for praticality and learning from your mistakes. That’s not gonna fly either.

I’m still waiting for the release — and pricing — of the one concept that’s actually worth something.

29 December

Did Leopard fix this?

  • When you minimized Safari windows (for instance), then closed the last open window, I’m pretty sure the system would unminimize a window for you (which I found annoying, because if I minimize a window I want it to stay that way); I noticed yesterday that it didn’t happen anymore. Did Leopard fix this?

  • When I typed too fast and my browser was too sluggish (it was usually the browser, but it could be something else), the circumflex would stick if I pressed it so that OS X would try to apply it to every letter that had been typed afterwards until the sluggishness had subsided (so I often ended up with something like “je vais ê^t^rê^ê^n^retard”); I just noticed it didn’t seem to happen anymore. Did Leopard fix this?

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